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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    I meant nozzle sniffing in stores -- full of germs and other peoples nasal secretions, it's just not healthy
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    Re: Male's 35-40, would you wear A&F Fierce?

    Ahem -- not mixed-up, no

    Kurise Makise, Light Yagami (Death Note) in their 'animes'

    Big wide eyed teens with coloured spiky or floppy hair - could be with their Moms

    A&F store queues are...
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    Re: Male's 35-40, would you wear A&F Fierce?

    The thing is, well, before lockdown, the queues outside their stores seem to be filled with 'Anime' children and the smell of Fierce was pervading the air.

    So, basically, No.
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    because they are trying to move through the alcohol blast quicker

    what I can't understand is people smelling the spray nozzles. Please, you don't look professional, you look stupid!
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    Re: Intoxicated by Kilian. Yes. Yes indeed...

    I love it -- very sexy imo.
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    Re: Oud + flowers(incl. rose) sampling suggestions

    I don't really like oud fragrances but the ones below are fairly 'mild' and have lovely rose notes

    10 Corso Como

    Dark Rose - Czech & Speake

    They are both categorized as 'feminine' but are...
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    Re: The Downside (?) of Try Before You Buy

    I know what you mean -- it's a valid point.

    I tried Aventus in-store about two weeks after it's release and fell in love immediately. When I got it home, I didn't wear it again for about a month...
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    Re: Dedicated thread to the House of Memo Paris

    +1 -- I have never taken to this House. I like Jannat though.

    'brilliant presentations' don't really interest me
  9. Re: If we were to create a fragrance 'canon', what would be included?

    I've gone back about 35 years and they are all masculines. I think they represent either movements away from the norm and so are quite bold/daring or are very typical examples of what the big houses...
  10. Re: Icy Cold Fragrance That Resembles the Coldness of Winter

    Try out these two from Serge Lutens -- fresh, clean and ice-cold imo

    Gris Clair
    L'Eau Froide
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    Re: Grammatical errors in Fragrances names

    Aktually and thincking moor on this topic, it is unfourgivabel
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    Re: Cheap frags but top shelf smell?

    Bel Ami can usually be found at a reasonable price if you shop around.

    Also, Polo Supreme Cashmere can be found for about £80-£90 for 125 ml.

    Both could be 'niche' easily.

    I'm struggling...
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    Re: Is Aventus still relevant and still the king?

    It is still a special fragrance for me and even though it gets a load of publicity and chat on fragrance websites, I have very rarely noticed others wearing it in London.

    The price is of course...
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    Re: Grammatical errors in Fragrances names

    Now this is what I call a genuine 'lockdown' question
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    Re: doubts about the blind purchase of eucris edp

    For me, Dali is 'darker' in a sort of hellish way. I think a better adjective for Eucris is 'cold'.

    I am not convinced you need it with the line-up you already have
  16. Re: I'm new to fragrences, and constantly worried about "overspraying."

    One tip is to spray once on the back of your hand before you go to bed at night. If, at breakfast you can detect the smell quite clearly on your hand, you will know it is pretty potent.
  17. Re: I have yet to try out Montale fragrances. Which ones should I sample?

    For me, only Honey Aoud is bottle worthy.

    I've tested about forty and that is time I will never get back.
  18. Re: Recommdtions Orange Woody Dry ( something between Bigarade Concentrée and Eau d'Hermes )

    I agree with Oyedo -- a weird sweet tangerine like note kicks in about halfway through. I love it though.

    Orange Spice -- a class above Kouros imo. I wish I owned a bottle now.
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    Poll: Re: Tom Ford Ombre leather VS Tuscan Leather

    I think Tuscan Leather is the worst PB fragrance from Tom Ford.
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    No mention of Sycomore EdT? Has it been discontinued?

    Others to consider are Burning Barbershop and Mississippi Medicine.

    Serge Noire is like a smouldering bonfire.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    ' estee lauder got no money for PB'

    what does this even mean?
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    Re: The most "different than expected" fragrances

    I suggested Yatagan had been reformulated recently but didn't find many who agreed here -- it seemed much less 'vegetal' to me the last time I tested (Winter 2020)

    To be fair, I think Lapidus PH...
  23. Re: What are 5 fragrances that are criminally underrated?

    Who's the judge?

    You either like a fragrance, dislike it or are indifferent towards it

    I'm not keen on Mitsuoko -- does this mean I am underrating it?
  24. Re: 2 new fragrances from By Kilian Paris coming soon

    I thought the House was just called Kilian now?
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    Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    Beaufort (London) seems to have become a cult House already.
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    ..... have been 'shot to shit' after being sent back to our flat in March with a laptop (luckier than most though)

    I've saved a fortune on no fragrance buying (online is out for me and fragrances)...
  27. Re: The Art of Manliness: "The Colognes of Famous Men"

    :grin: Thanks, you've made my day

    All Bob's landscapes were different but sort of ended up looking the same. Bless the guy.
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    Re: Is Comme des Garcons still relevant in 2020?

    You might want to back Kyoto up soon. There are rumours that the Incense Series is being discontinued. But hey, it could be just 'chat' on other boards.
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    Re: Date this Versace l'homme please!

    Round about 2000 it changed. It has been reformulated again though.

    Before 2000, it was fantastic imo
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    Re: Can a bottle of Perfume go bad? Yes it can.

    Yes - the juice in an old Kouros splash-on bottle went exactly the same way -- but that had been exposed to a lot of air.

    Your Mont Blanc bottle contents is more worrying. Maybe it is a sign of...
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    Re: What’s the best Van Cleef?

    I love Bois Dore
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    Re: Creed Erolfa smell a likes?

    Sel Marin & Sel de Vetiver have similarities and both are preferable imo. Not much cheaper though.
  33. Re: What does Bond No 9 Bleecker Street smell like?

    It's a bit generic -- fresh, green, violets, I found it quite potent though, stronger than OV.

    What a bummer to lose your sense of smell - hopefully it will return soon
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    Re: Is Comme des Garcons still relevant in 2020?

    +1

    I need to check the 'Clash' ones out also. Their Olfactory Library was a good idea also - some nice ones there.
  35. Re: What is the niche equivalent of these designer fragrances?

    For me, the designer fragrances OP chose to highlight are just examples of the worst mall fodder and a long, long way from the majority of 'niche'.



    How can it be a rec for Uden? There is...
  36. Re: What is the niche equivalent of these designer fragrances?

    Oh please -- I'm gonna cry
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    Re: Is Comme des Garcons still relevant in 2020?

    I wasn't keen on the 'Blue Series' but I still think they are well worth following. I'm looking forward to trying 'Rouge'.

    They are one of my fav Houses.
  38. Re: What is the niche equivalent of these designer fragrances?

    I mean, I don't want to appear snobbish, but you would hope none
  39. Re: The Art of Manliness: "The Colognes of Famous Men"

    The Art of Marketing would be more apt

    You can see a photograph of the earliest Creed bottle (circa late 1960's, early 70's). It just has written on it 'Olivier Creed' 'After Shaving Lotion'
    ...
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    Re: Best Modern Barbershop Fragrances?

    ''In England Viking men reportedly had great success with the local women. The Viking males were apparently clean and pleasant smelling, as they took a bath on Saturdays, combed their hair and were...
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    Re: Help me on my next purchase for my collection

    Uden - Xerjoff

    Dia Man - Amouage

    Every man needs to test the above at the very least imo
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    Re: Nivea men sensitive

    I use the AS Balm occasionally and that has a fairly generic fir-type freshness to it -- like a cross between Polo Green and Drakkar Noir but nowhere near their strength.

    I am not sure this...
  43. Re: Ambra Mediterranea [versilia Vintage Ambra Meditterenea] by Profumi del Forte

    I had the pillar like original white bottle also. Has to be one of the loveliest 'ambers' out there.

    The new bottle is making me nervous though
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    Re: Best Modern Barbershop Fragrances?

    For me, Fougere Nobile 1942 and by a country mile
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    Re: Thoughts on a sweet coffee scent?

    If you want to be a bit more adventurous, Comptoir Sud Pacifique have two outstanding coffee, chocolate vanillas.

    Amour de Cacao should be an easy find.

    Vanille Mokha, which is now rare (but...
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    Re: My Mystery Bottle..Help Me

    oh-ok -- I was wondering about the black shoulders on the bottle as I don't remember Tuscany ever having those
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    Re: My Mystery Bottle..Help Me

    That's my guess
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    Re: Any good perfumes on this wesbite ?

    I'm a bit confused because Avery is an Italian fragrance House also. Their fragrances are all 30ml. There was only 5 when I tested them A.V.E.R.Y. -- I purchased one and left a review here. They seem...
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    Re: Best contemporary Chypre?

    Contemporary versions are hard to pick -- maybe Papyrus 24 - Parfumerie Generale, I'm not sure it's strictly a chypre but it is very green and sharp

    There is a version of Chanel #19 (the cologne?)...
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    Re: Please Help! Trying to identify a cologne

    It looks like the original Brut bottle

    119 Euros on Ebay right now
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    Re: Please Help! Trying to identify a cologne

    Hmm -- a lot of leathery 'chypres' tend to be feminine, i.e. Bandit, Azuree

    As mentioned, Tsar seems a possibility as the bottle was greenish

    Maybe also 'Lagerfeld' from 1978? Smell wise anyway
  52. Re: Are Jo Malone and bond no. 9 respected houses by the fragrance community?

    +1 -- Well said

    Another bonus, for me anyway, are the 30ml bottles from JM
  53. Re: Are Jo Malone and bond no. 9 respected houses by the fragrance community?

    No mention of Lime, Basil & Mandarin from JM or Chinatown, Great Jones or H.O.T. Always from Bond?

    I think both houses are getting an unfair kicking.

    Outside of this small Basenotes bubble,...
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    Re: Comme des Garcons Rouge - Bottled Beetroot.

    Thanks -- I missed this thread
    It sounds a nice one
  55. Re: hamster shavings or toilet cleaner - do these descriptions cause your to dislike a fragrance?

    I try and avoid strong pine fragrances because of the cheap dangling car freshener association.

    I think 'hamster toilet' might worry me
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    Re: Comme des Garcons Rouge - Bottled Beetroot.

    I haven't experienced yet but, like you, am looking forward to trying

    That earthy sweetness/ripeness smell -- I wonder how CdG will represent it. It could be a touch skanky!
  57. Re: Are Jo Malone and bond no. 9 respected houses by the fragrance community?

    Silver Birch & Lavender and FiDi from Jo Malone and Bond respectively are both in my top 5 purchases for 2020.

    Bond seem to raise their prices to either equal Creed or be just north of them, i.e....
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    Re: Alternative to Aventus for everyday use

    Morning Chess is similar to Aventus and almost as expensive
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    Re: Platinum Egoiste ... fresh? ... really?

    It's bordering on being downright fraudulent. Too many Houses seem to have carte blanche when it comes to this.

    The same name, same bottle, same price (if you're lucky) but different juice.
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    Re: Platinum Egoiste ... fresh? ... really?

    It has had a major reformulation though hasn't it --in the last 2 years?

    Before that it was 'fresh' in a CW type way

    I think Chanel treat it as the cousin ' we don't talk about'
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    Re: Changing my fragrance

    try something modern from Gucci or Prada
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    Re: Aventus dry down originality (UK MEMOIRS)

    Maybe Lapidus Pour Homme (1987) ?

    more like Aventus in the early stages though
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    Re: Givenchy Ultramarine Incense .... I'm curious?

    No idea -- it must have bombed again I guess

    It was brought back as a double header with Vetyver about 10 years ago
  64. Re: Fragrances/scents you just can't describe to others

    Yes - if there isn't a dominant note, it can be hard

    I struggle with Baptism By Fire from Lutens -- that sort of general pot-pourri, spicy type smell -- but, hey even that is a description of sorts
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    Re: Givenchy Ultramarine Incense .... I'm curious?

    what am I gonna do for half an hour though - sit in a cupboard? :embarassed:

    If others like it, that's fair enough of course but it has garnered some damning reviews
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    Re: Givenchy Ultramarine Incense .... I'm curious?

    Givenchy Insense is a gorgeous masculine floral that has been re-issued twice

    Ultramarine Insense is a chemical disaster that smells worse than any Lynx/Axe product imo
  67. Thread: One of two

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    Re: One of two

    19 years old and you want to smell like your Grandpa?

    I suggest getting a vintage version of Brut -- a much nicer fougere and apparently making a comeback with hipsters
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    Re: Pierre Guillaume Monsieur

    I have a bottle and have worn it to work several times. A powerful 'masculine'

    I actually reined in the sprays I would normally use as I found it almost 'beast mode'
  69. Re: Men's fragrances that smell Sophisticated, Elegant, Rich and Expensive

    Concentre D'Orange Verte - Hermes
  70. Thread: Fruits and Booze

    by Kaern
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    Re: Fruits and Booze

    Le Baiser du Dragon - Cartier

    Passion Boisee - Frapin
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    Re: Alpha male fragrance

    Beautiful fragrance
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    Re: Do colognes performance depreciates with age?

    I've heard a rumour that modern fragrances are now being made with relatively short 'shelf lives' -- maybe 2-3 years before they start to deteriorate
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    Re: Alpha male fragrance

    Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme

    Floris 1962
  74. Re: What is your favorite Maison Christian Dior fragrance?

    Eau Noire, then Cuir Cannage
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    Re: New fragrance help

    From the ones you are 'looking at' -- I would go for Man in Black

    Maybe try Prada Amber Intense -- both would suit winter imo
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    Re: Fougere Royale vs Masculin Pluriel

    For me, Pluriel is the best fragrance MFK has created

    I found FR to be a bit 'shouty'. I can't imagine the original was anything like this version.
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    Re: Perfumse as investment?

    a bottle with a quirk from the production line, i.e. a Tom Ford with the label name upside down or a Chanel with a misspelling -- these could prove valuable
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    Re: Most charismatic cologne?

    I don't agree on all three points
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    Re: Interview with Francis Kurkdjian

    Thanks for sharing that

    Elle are fond of cliched photographs aren't they?
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    Re: Creed 3 X 30ml question!

    I've had 30ml of SMW --it cost £99 and that was a few years ago

    Avoid
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    Re: Favorite Actively Writing Basenotes Reviewers

    I think Trebor requested that all his reviews be wiped. I would like to read them all again.

    +1 for Colin

    Sorry but both 'inactive'
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    Re: Boycott High Price /Low Batch Quantities Brands ?

    there are 'shillers' on Basenotes also -- it all adds to FOMO, hype and pressure.

    just try and separate facts from bullshit and trust your nose
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    Re: Lifecycle of a niche line: Mark Buxton

    my memory is saying that he was only involved in maybe one or a couple of the Linaris -- wasn't each fragrance given to different perfumers?

    The bottles have been famously copied by Vilhelm...
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    Re: Note you love that many others hate

    +1 The Immortelle in Eau Noire is beautifully blended but Sables made me gag
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    Re: Pick 1 for Each Category

    Everyday - Declaration Essence
    Money Scent - Dia for Men
    Date Night - Intoxicated - By Kilian
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    Re: Most charismatic cologne?

    I'm gonna be boring and say Aventus

    all 'game changers' need charisma imo
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    Re: You must choose: one house and one perfumer

    Gerard Anthony -- Azzaro PH, Balenciaga PH, Cristobal PH ....... the man was a genius!

    Comme des Garcons have given me most pleasure consistently
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    Re: If not Creed, then who?

    +1
    An added bonus is that customers don't have to pay for ridiculous packaging costs
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    Re: Fragrance Houses off the beaten path?

    Aether Parfums

    https://www.aetherparfums.com/en/

    They seem to celebrate synthetics. I have owned Carboneum and love it and enjoyed others I have tested.

    Pretentious website but tres stylish....
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    Re: Is this site legit?

    Hmm -- lots of Creeds all in a 'flash sale'? They don't differentiate between Aventus for Her and Him.

    Very amateurish website. Do they have all these fragrances - how are they sourced?

    I could...
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    Re: I want to like Memo but I can’t

    It's the same for me also. There is something about their fragrances that I don't like.

    I gave a pretty good review for Jannat but that's about it.
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    Re: Xerjoff website - WTF

    270 Euros seems nearer the mark to me. 220 would be pretty good.

    Casamorati retail in London is circa £240-255
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    Re: Men's fragrances that smell like bug spray

    Sauvage will protect you against most bugs

    There is one worn by women that smells similar to Raid -- it may be Cacharel's Eden?
  94. Re: Any fans of Amouage Silver? This is a weird one, but it's quite compelling

    Yeah -- it's the plum that attracted me in the opening.

    It's quite floral and fruity but I think the incense is beautiful and although others disagree, I found it quite masculine.

    I love it and...
  95. Thread: Smoke battle

    by Kaern
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    Re: Smoke battle

    Fumerie Turque or Aventus


    Only tried the Beaufort - too much for me
  96. Re: incense! incense! my kingdoom for an incense!

    Wow- some post!

    The rumour is that CdG are scrapping their Incense range but what about their '2Man' ?

    Also, I love Serge Noire by Lutens in the winter.
  97. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo , similar, influenced, or variants fragrances

    Good question. I saw the Edp just before the first lockdown but didn't test it. The original EdT has been reformulated as you say and I have tried that. It seemed less strident to me, which is a...
  98. Re: What technically/legally counts as a reformulation?

    It's a 'minefield' and would be difficult to prove. The odds are stacked wholly in favour of the fragrance Houses.

    They know that the vast majority of customers don't give a toss anyway, so...
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    Re: Best dark-gotic etat libre.

    I wouldn't look to ELdO for darkness

    Apart from the nihilistic Rien duo, I suppose Charogne would be closest -- in a sort of decomposing halitosis way -- like a death rattle
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    Re: dark-gothic battle

    Hmm -- haven't tried the edp of Eucris -- the edt had echoes of quorum though

    Not sure about the adjectives dark and gothic for either of these fragrances -- anyway Beaufort London have pretty...
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